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Benson, Edward Frederic. Blotting Book. Sr. Doubleday. 8-23104.
"Describes the devilish ingenuity
with which a middle-aged barrister of hitherto spotless reputation, contrived
to cast suspicion upon his young client of having committed a murder which
was in fact his own work. He was exceeding clever, but as the event
turned out, too clever for his own safety. Skillful detective work
discovered the truth by means of the very things he had done to conceal
his traces. The story deals chiefly with the crime and the trial."
"Develops into a skillful protrayal
of the character and self-deception of a hypocritical egotist."
"Falling to hold us as a mystery,
the tale fails of its purpose."
"There is somewhat too much pretense
of keeping up the mystery with the reader, somewhat too strong a content
in that a many may lie, steal, and comit murder, and yet go about his cheerful
way not seeing himself for the villain that he is, but these defects in
no wis interfere with the interest of the story."
"We wish the detection of the
criminal had been treated in a less sketchy manner."
"The little story is exciting,
it marches rapidly to its conclusion, and, further, it is singularly unlike
the usual work of Mr. Benson, the student
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